Scott Brooks’ time in OKC could soon come to an end

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Updated: April 16, 2015
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The Oklahoma City Thunder handled business last night, by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113. But, the New Orleans Pelicans did what they needed to do as well, as they beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs to clinch the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and eliminate the Thunder.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks‘ job is now officially in question. The Thunder will miss the postseason for the first time in six years, as it was an injury-riddled 2014-15 season that saw last year’s MVP Kevin Durant miss 55 games.

Russell Westbrook stepped it up in Durant’s absence, as he won the scoring title by averaging 28.1 points, while also getting 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. However, it wasn’t quite enough in such a competitive Western Conference.

Brooks has a guarantee on his deal for the 2015-16 season, but the Thunder holds a team option in 2016-17. Despite having a 339-219 record (65 percent winning percentage) since becoming head coach of the Thunder in 2008, Oklahoma City will spend time “evaluating their partnership” with Brooks before deciding if they’ll bring him back for the last year on his contract, according to Yahoo Sports.

So there’s a lot on the line for the Thunder next season. Not only will Brooks be in the last year of his guaranteed deal, but Durant will also be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

University of Florida coach Billy Donovan could emerge as a serious candidate to eventually replace Brooks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He’s won two national championships during his 18 seasons at Florida, and has been to 14 NCAA tournaments. He has shown interest in testing out the NBA, and the Thunder could be the perfect team for him to start with.

Kevin Ollie, who is also a college coach, at Connectictut, is another name Thunder general manager Sam Presti could be interested in.

Whether they decide to keep Brooks, or bring in a replacement, the Thunder should get things figured out soon, or this team could eventually blow up and find themselves starting from scratch.

 

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Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He has written for ESPN.com and is currently a digital editor at the SEC Network. He has covered the Washington Redskins for FanSided, and he has also covered high school basketball for Rivals.com and the Mechanicsville Local newspaper. Josiah is from Chesapeake, Va., and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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